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on 7 April 2017
Brilliant YA fantasy, much better than I expected given the poor quality of many free e-books out there, or the 'freebies' that are really just the first few chapters and you have to pay for the rest.
I was a fan of Selina's colouring books and bought the Victorian Romance book - well, in order to colour them correctly I had to get to know the characters didn't I?! And a free full length book?!
The series is very well written and fast paced, with engaging characters who I actually wanted to get to know better. I am 37 and am into fantasy/paranormal genres, and don't set much by 'recommended reading age' with books, but there is a tendency for some teenage heroines to get a tad annoying and whiny - a bit like the real thing I suppose but it gets tiring to read for the umpteenth time (I went on to read the Alyson Noel Immortals series after this, and the characters really started annoying me by the 3rd book!). I don't know whether this is tempered with Memory's Wake because it is written in 3rd person and we visit pretty much all the major characters to get an insight into their thoughts, instead of the favoured 1st person teenage heroine in YA where you are stuck in one persons head for the whole book! Anyway, Memory herself is a great character who I could easily read more about, with a nice streak of sarcasm I can definitely relate to.
The stories are set in the fantasy world of Avall, and feature magic, faes, and dragons, castles and beautiful dresses but I do have to say, no unicorns! Maybe next time. I don't want to give anything away about the plot really, but Selina manages to fit in romance, unexpected relatives, amnesia, sexual abuse survivors, a murder mystery, nasty fairies... oh an a hot guy running around the woods dressed in fur and leather. Seriously, it's free, you should download it just for him! Plus there are Selina's fabulous paintings in the book, on my kindle I obviously didn't get to see them in colour but they are still gorgeous.
Memory's Wake is the first in a trilogy but really they are all one story. It says a lot that as soon as I finished this book I downloaded Hope's Reign and started reading that straightaway. And once I finished the series I went back and read from the beginning again to pick up the clues that I missed the first time round. Selina, I can only say I want more from Avall, please.